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OVERVIEW

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

Being the capital of Germany, Berlin is a huge city with a lot of exciting places. It has the perfect combination of the old and the new— historic places mixed flawlessly with the more modern shops, restaurants, bar, and nightclubs. Its amazing how you can have your history lessons in the morning while at night, you can go ahead and enjoy beer while listening to some good techno music, which Berlin is known for.

You’d love the place greatly because its not a very expensive city plus it has the most tourist-friendly system of transportation.

When to Visit

Go to Berlin from mid-April to around September when the weather is just perfect. You can spend your day walking and exploring the city wearing your most comfortable clothes. The days are longer during these months so you can have enough time to basically tour the entire city. However, many tourists visit Berlin during these months so accommodation is not cheap.

If you want to score good deals on hotels and if you want to enjoy the cold weather, visit Berlin during the winter months from January to March. Cold weather though can extend till first week of April.

How to Reach the Destination

By Plane

Tegel International Airport is the main hub of international airlines. This is the first stop for most people on scheduled tours.

By Train and Bus

The InterCity and EuroCity trains connect other major European cities to Berlin. This however, requires early booking to get cheap tickets around €30. Unknown to many, there’s also a train from Russia that goes directly to Berlin, traveling time of course, is much longer. Major cities in Europe also have scheduled buses that go to Berlin. With the wide network of transportation of European countries, a Euro trip is quite easy to do. All you need to have is proper research, planning, and a lot of patience for hours of travel.

Dos and Don’ts

Do make the most out of your visit. Drink beer (but in moderation), go to a club and experience how Berlin parties, have a stroll at the park, discover street arts and do basically everything while following rules of course.

Do have your cash ready. Most restaurants don’t accept credit cards or they only accept those German cards so it’s better if you have cash with you.

Don’t forget to say Prost! (cheers!) before drinking your liquor. German’s really love beer so whenever you are out drinking in a bar or in a club and you meet some German friends, always say cheers and try to touch their glasses before your drink. It’s a common courtesy.

Don’t think of being late. Germans are always on time. When going on tours and you have your tour guide with you or when you are meeting with friends, be there early.

Don’t forget to be mindful while on the street. There are many street rules in Berlin. You can’t walk really in bike lanes and you can’t just jaywalk or cross the streets whenever you wan’t to. They respect these street rules and you should too.

Don’t put the palm of your hand in someone’s face. It might be a simple hand gesture for us or its like gesturing the number 5 in our hands but in Greece, the gesture is consider an insult. The gesture is called a “mountza” and up to now, its a no-no.

Typical Costs

Price Range for Hotels

Berlin is the capital and the largest city in Germany. There are hundreds of hotels, hostels, and even dorms in the city and it can be confusing for first time travelers to choose which hotel is the most convenient. There are also a lot of places to check-out in Berlin but it is important to review first your itinerary before actually booking a hotel near the places you want to visit. Price of accommodation is quite ok. Some five star hotels can even lower their rates of low season and even of weekends. Price range of hostels and guest houses is around €14 up to €30 put you can also spot a good hotel accommodation for about €30. 4 to 5 star hotel accommodation costs about €60 to a thousand but surprisingly, there are many different luxurious 5-star hotels in Berlin that cost around €70 to €98 when you book during low season.

Cost of Meal

Prices of meals in Berlin are somewhat cheaper than other European cities. Yes, a three-course meal in a fancy restaurant would cost you around €35 to €40 but you can have a pretty much decent lunch or dinner for €7 to €10 and sometimes, it comes with a drink. While on tour, you can buy snacks like sandwiches for about €1. Beer is at €1 to €3 but it could be less than €1 in groceries. If you would notice, the servings are quite big too!

Cost for Commute

It is always better to go around the city by commuting because you may be able to experience the city as it is! How can you do that when you have your tour bus right? In Berlin public transportation is tourist-friendly and very affordable. As a matter of fact, the U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains and other regional trains and also buses have the same ticket. Single journey ticket costs €2.60 while a day card cost €6.70.

There are also “welcome cards’ that tourists can use. A welcome card with 48 hours validity that you can use anywhere costs €19 up to €21 depending on the destination. There is also the WelcomeCard Berlin Museum Island that you can use to pay for museum entrance. It is valid for 72 hours and it cost around €40. Download a transportation guide or get it a tourist centers to aid you. Berlin is huge. Places are divided into zones and prices for tickets vary per zone.

Top Places to Visit

Join a Street Art
Walking Tour

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

Go clubbing in
Mitte

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

Visit Checkpoint
Charlie

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

Go on a bike tour
along Berlin Wall

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

Stroll through Brandenburg
Gate and Pariser Platz

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

Visit the Museum
Island

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

Don’t miss the Lustgarten
and Berlin Cathedral

Berlin, just like any other European cities, is rich in history. It has a haunting past, yes. The city was divided into two, the east and the west, for 30 years but after the German unification, the city managed to bounced back and it is now known as one of the top destination in Europe for young adults who seek adventure.

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